I am way behind on this project. I’m currently finishing up my PhD and things have been crazy the last two weeks. I haven’t had much time to knit. I have 9 of the 16 lace repeats I was supposed to have done finished. Hopefully I have time to start catching up this week!
This is what the finished product should look like.
I found a recipe for roast beef sliders on Pinterest. Here is my own slight variation on the recipe. These sandwiches are really great. These are probably my fiance’s favorite thing that I make for dinner.
Place roast in crock pot (picture above shows a 1/2 of recipe).
Whisk together water, brown gravy mix, Italian dressing mix, and French onion soup mix. Pour over roast.
Pour jar of Picante sauce over roast.
Cook the roast on low for 6-8 hours.
Caramelized Onion Directions:
Add butter and olive oil to large skillet. Warm pan over medium-high heat.
While the pan is warming, peel the onion and cut it into slices.
The pan will be ready when the oil shimmers.
Place the onions into the pan. Stir to cover onions with oil and butter. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add salt and sugar. Reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook and stir. The onions will go from from opaque and rigid to translucent and ductile.
As the onions start to turn brown, you may have to stir more often. If the onions start to get too dry, add more oil. Remove the onions from heat when they reach a rich, dark brown color. This should take about 1/2 an hour from the time you started cooking.
Cut the Hawaiian rolls in half.
Cut the roast into chunks. Place on the rolls.
Spoon the sauce from the roast on top of the meat.
Last year, I found a cute idea on Pinterest. Someone had created this adorable plaque. Unfortunately, the link attached to the pin didn’t lead to directions. I decided to make similar plaques for my parents and my boyfriend’s parents for Christmas. I detailed my improvised process below. Sorry for the lack of pictures!
Purchase your plaque so you are certain of the size.
Print out a state map and a small heart using your computer and printer. Make sure the sizes are appropriate for your plaque. I copied my state map into PowerPoint so that I could scale it to fit my plaque well. Also in PowerPoint, I superimposed the heart on the map over the cities where my parents and my then boyfriend’s (now fiance’s!) parents live.
Cut out the map and the heart using scissors.
Create small rolls of masking tape and put the tape on the back of the map.
Place the map on the plaque in the orientation desired.
Line the paper map and heart with nails. I would suggest using a spacer so the nails are evenly spaced. I used a crochet hook. A pen would be an appropriate size.
After the paper map and heart are completely lined with nails, carefully remove the map.
Tie the end of the thread to one of the heart nails. Maintaining tension in the thread, wrap the thread around the nails alternating between heart nails and map nails. Wrap thread around each map nail once and each heart nail several times. When all of the nails are wrapped, tie the string to the final nail and cut the string close to the nail.
I was very pleased with the final product and both of our parents loved their gifts!
Time Requited: 2 Movies
Overall Experience: Excellent
About a month ago, I got an email from Uncommon Goods. They are selling almost the exact same plaques for $85! I wish that I had thought to paint the tips of the nails red for the heart. That was a really cute idea!
This week was crazy busy, and I had very little time to knit. I did not make my goal which was eight of the lace repeats. I managed 5.5 of them. Here is a quick progress picture. I’m looking forward to catching up on sleep tonight!
In addition to banana pudding, I also made spinachartichokedip for the lab BBQ. I couldn’t find my mom’s recipe, but I found a very similar, highly rated, recipe on food.com. The dip turned creamy with a great flavor. It also looks pretty. I’ll make it again.
I found out last week that the summer graduation deadline is much sooner than I thought, so I’ve been working 14 hour days this week trying to finish my research for my dissertation. Sorry for the lack of posts! The craziness will be over one way or another July 17.
Today my lab had a BBQ. Our lab is very international. (I think I am the only American student doing research in structural engineering.) This means that there are many different religious eating restrictions to keep in mind. Also, people from different countries tend to not like a lot of our “American” desserts. (When I first started graduate school, many of my baked creations didn’t get eaten, much to my disappointment.) However, it seems that my mother’s banana pudding is a world-wide hit. It didn’t disappoint today. My fellow students ate a gigantic bowl (double batch) of the stuff.